A strong independent media is crucial to the proper functioning of our democratic system. It shapes how we understand and relate to the world around us, and it should equip citizens to make informed, sound democratic decisions.

Covid-19 marks the start of a ‘decade of disruption’; with climate change, globalisation and automation set to reshape our society. The media can play a crucial role in helping our democratic societies navigate these trends. But, for this to happen, we need to embrace reform and renewal in the media in order for this to happen.

This summer, the IPPR Oxford Media Convention will convene participants to shape a renewed vision for the role of the media in a healthy democracy. They will explore the steps needed to build a stronger, more sustainable media ecosystem to help provide stability in the decades ahead.

This year the event will take place on Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st July. The 2021 Convention will be held in two parts; a series of online sessions on Monday 19th to Wednesday 21st July, and a London drinks reception on the evening of Wednesday 21st July.

This year’s convention will feature speakers including:

  • Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE MP, Minister for Media and Data, UK Government
  • Dame Melanie Dawes, Chief Executive, Ofcom
  • Simone Pennant MBE, The TV Collective – Best Places to Work
  • Marcus Ryder MBE, Head of External Consultancies, Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity at Birmingham City University
  • Marietje Schaake, International Policy Director at the Cyber Policy Center, Stanford University
  • Damian Collins MP
  • Ben Scott, Executive Director, Reset
  • Professor Lorna Woods, Professor of Internet Law, university of Essex
  • Imran Ahmed, CEO, Center for Countering Digital Hate
  • Megan Lucero, Director of the Bureau Local
  • Tobi Oredein, CEO & Founder of Black Ballad

You can see the full speaker line-up here and the full programme for this year’s IPPR Oxford Media Convention, here. Further details on how the conference will work can be found here.